Bitterroot Bucs End Twins’ Chances at State

Late scores by the Bucs cost Twins their chance at Class A title

By Micah Drew
The Glacier Twins play against the Missoula Mavericks in an American Legion baseball game at Memorial Field in Whitefish on June 25, 2019. The Twins won both their games against the Mavericks, 8-1 and 12-2. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon

The Class A Glacier Twins took their second loss in the Legion State A Tournament in Lewistown on Aug. 8, eliminating their shot at a third state title in six years.

A single and a sacrifice fly at the bottom of the fourth let the Twins (35-21) jump out to a 3-1 lead over the Bitterroot Bucs. However, the Twins weren’t able to hold their mid-game momentum through the end, as Jake Scully doubled in the fifth scoring three runs for the Bucs. A run by Zack Christophersom at the top of the sixth sealed the loser-out win for Bitterroot, and put the Twins out of the four-day double elimination tournament..

Zach Venemen led things off on the mound for the Twins during Saturday’s game. Venemen lasted five innings, striking out eight. Cade Morgan led the Twins in hits.

At the West Division Tournament in Florence on Aug. 2, the Twins beat the Bucs twice to enter the state tournament as the top seed from the West.

On Friday, Aug 7, the Twins fell to the host Lewistown Redbirds 9-6.

Again, the Twins jumped out to a lead putting up five runs in the fourth inning.

Devin Beale doubled on a line drive sending Austyn Andrachick and Trenton Tyree across home. A triple by Zenemen and a grounder by Payton Davisson brought in three more runs but the Twins were unable to hold on. The Redbirds tied the score in the fifth and stretched out a lead over the last two innings.

During the tournament opener on Thursday, the Twins were tied with the Gallatin Valley Outlaws, with nine runs each and Glacier batting in the bottom of the seventh. An error scored the winning run for the Twins, their sole victory over the weekend.

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